Residency Partnership with Villa Arson


aria (artist residency in algiers) and Villa Arson in Nice (France) are launching a new collaboration dedicated to supporting emerging artists based in Algeria.

This partnership responds to the international vision of Villa Arson that aims at strengthening artistic links and creative exchanges with Mediterranean-rim countries. In tune with the collaborative spirit of aria, the first iteration of this programme will focus on Algeria and take place at Villa Arson in 2021.  

One selected artist will be invited to undertake a 3-months residency at the Villa Arson which will culminate with an solo exhibition in the Galerie Carrée of the Villa Arson contemporary art center. 

French-Algerian artist Fayçal Baghriche, a Villa Arson alumni, has been invited to curate the exhibition.

aria (artist residency in algiers) and Villa Arson will announce the selected artist soon. 


About Villa Arson:

Villa Arson is a public institution of the French ministry of Culture located in Nice which brings together several functions: teaching, research, artistic production and publication.
Its architectural ensemble includes a 19th century house set in modern constructions of the 1960s that have been labeled « Remarkable contemporary architecture».
The Villa Arson school of art, contemporary art center, artists’ residency and specialized library form a unique ecosystem dedicated to supporting young generations of artists towards professional practices, presenting original artistic visions and facilitating critical exchange. 
Spread over the 13993 sq feet of the art center, its exhibitions arise from projects led with guest artists and curators who explore the most contemporary artistic practices and allow for stimulating encounters. 
About Fayçal Baghriche:

The works of Fayçal Baghriche undermines familiar points of reference by staging fundamental actions. Playing on discrepancy, the artist distances viewers from a normalized reality. He reveals through his works the systems of identification, behavioral models or language structures that determine what we are in order to become a pretext for the poetic construction of another reality.

Fayçal Baghriche lives and works in France. He studied at Villa Arson in Nice before moving to Paris where he co-created the artist residency La Villa du Lavoir (2003) and the curatorial structure Le Commissariat (2006).

He had several solo exhibitions in institutions in France and internationally, including Le SHED - Centre d'art contemporain de Normandie and Le Quartier - Centre d’Art Contemporain de Quimper (France), Human Resources (USA), The Delfina Foundation (UK); Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany).

His work has also been included in major international events such as The Dakar Biennale  (Senegal), the Gwangju Biennale (South Korea), Sorocaba Triennale (Brazil) and the first pan-Arab pavilion 'The Future of a Promise' at the 54th Venice Biennial. His work was also presented in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), Villa Arson (France), Centro Pecci (Italy), Malmö Konstmuseum (Sweden), the Arab Image Foundation (Lebanon), The Mosaic Rooms (UK), and Musée d’Art Moderne d’Alger (Algeria).

Fayçal Baghriche is represented by Jérôme Poggi Gallery.